Get Off to a Purrfect Start – Tips for Making Your New Kitten Right at Home
Welcoming a new kitten to your home is certainly exciting, but it is important to do it right. Kittens need time to become acclimated to their new surroundings, and to your other family members.
Taking the time to set your home up properly can make bringing your new kitten home more fun – and less stressful. Just use these tips to create a warm and welcoming home for your new furry family member.
Set Up a Home Base for Your New Kitty
Your new kitten will want to explore the entire house, and there will be plenty of time for that. In the beginning, however, it is best to limit your new kitty to a much smaller space. Setting up a home base for your kitten will allow her to explore on her own without getting scared by other pets or wandering off and getting lost.
Setting up a home base also gives your new kitten a chance to get used to the litter box – a very important consideration for any cat owner. In addition to the litter box, your kitten’s first home should include a sturdy food dish and a water dish that resists tipping. You can visit your new kitty throughout the day and spend some quality time with her as she gets used to her new surroundings.
Kitten Proof Your Home
Kittens are small – so small that they can fit in spaces you might never suspect. Taking some time to close off these small spaces can keep your kitten protected as she explores her new home.
Take a walk around your home and look for places where your kitten could hide – or get hurt. Then take a few minutes to safeguard those areas and keep your curious kitten away.
Set Some Ground Rules with the Kids
Kids love kittens, but they can sometimes get too rough with those tiny kitties. If your kids are old enough to have a pet, they are also old enough to understand some simple ground rules.
Talk to your kids about how to safely handle their new kitten, and always act as a good example. It is also important to keep a close eye on your kids as they interact with the new kitten and be ready to intervene if the play becomes too rough.
Make an Appointment with Your Vet
Even if your new kitten looks perfectly healthy, she needs to see the vet as soon as possible. Your vet will do a thorough examination and make sure your new kitten is as healthy as she looks.
Your vet can also give you some important tips on how to properly care for your new pet, from what to feed her to which vaccinations she needs. Regular veterinary care is one of the best gifts you can give your new kitten.
Make Careful Introductions
Exercise caution when introducing your new kitten to her new surroundings, and to other members of the family. If you have other pets, carefully bring them to the space you have set up for your new kitten. Allowing other pets to meet your new kitten on her own home turf can reduce her stress level and help her relax.
Keep a close eye on your kitten as she meets those other furry family members. Always be ready to intervene if there is a problem, and use caution if there are problems.
Use the same strategy when introducing your kitten to the world outside her special lair. Introduce your kitten to one room at a time, allowing her to explore every corner and cranny while you watch closely. As your new kitten gets more comfortable, you can slowly expand her living space until she has full access to your entire home.